Monthly Archives: September 2017

Pumpkin Recipes

Fall is here and it is time to start baking like it. If you’re obsessed with anything pumpkin, you’re reading the right blog post. These recipes all include pumpkin to boost your seasonal dosage of fall’s staple ingredient.

Breakfast

Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Bake – Soft, doughy, and loaded with pumpkin flavor! This healthy pumpkin pie breakfast bake will start your day off right.gallery-1469801354-54ea469bb01b0-pumpkin-casserole-lgn.jpg

Pumpkin Pancakes – Elevate your pancake game with the addition of pumpkin.

No-Bake Pumpkin Oatmeal Bites – Quick, healthy no-bake pumpkin oatmeal energy bites that taste like cookies but are good for you.

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Muffins – Only 7 ingredients and 120 calories each.

Lunch/Dinner

Harvest Pumpkin Soup – Cooler weather means it’s time for soup.

Pumpkin and Cauliflower Casserole – You love fall? You’ll love this casserole.

Pumpkin Grilled Cheese – Unique twist on a classic sandwich. pumpkingc_feature.jpg

Desserts

Pumpkin Bread – Nothing like loaf of pumpkin bread to make your stomach happy and your kitchen smell great.

Frosted Pumpkin Bars – If you like pumpkin (and maybe even if you don’t) these pumpkin bars are for you.

Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies – These cookies are something different and great with a big glass of milk.


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5 Tips to Eat Healthier on Campus

With limitless access to burgers and fries and no parental supervision, it’s not a surprise that many college students struggle to maintain a healthy diet. Although you can enjoy an occasional treat in the dining halls or a la carte location on campus, constant splurging will lead to more than just weight gain. Poor nutrition will make you feel lethargic and will make it difficult to concentrate on your studies. With a little planning, you can tackle the Miami Dining locations and emerge with a stomach full of healthy food.

Tip #1

Calculate what you need. Calorie requirements for college students vary because of differences in activity levels. Rather than worry over calories, eat to appetite and make sure your diet is mostly whole foods including low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean protein, fruits, veggies.

Tip #2

Avoid skipping breakfast. Many college students get in the habit of staying up late and rolling out of bed to rush to class. Without food to kick-start metabolism, energy levels will be low and will leave you to be very hungry. This hunger often times leads to overeating by the time you make it lunch. Stop into the market locations or commons locations and grab a piece of fruit, a granola bar, juice and/or a carton of milk to-go.

Tip #3

Make a plan. The dining locations on campus offer an assortment of foods. Get familiar with the layout of the dining hall and decide, before you walk through the doors, where you are headed. Walk straight to the salad bar or a certain station, so you won’t be tempted by the desserts (even though they are really tasty).

Tip #4

Divide your plate. Instead of loading up 5 plates, limit yourself to a single dinner plate at meals. Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with whole grains and a quarter with lean protein. For instance, you might have an orange, a piece of grilled chicken, brown rice, a tossed salad. It’s all about the balance.

Tip #5

Look at the menu. You can’t eat salads every night of your college career. Review the MyTray online once a week and look for healthy, new foods to try. You might discover a new item you want to try or learn about our expansive vegan and vegetarian options.


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Homecoming Feast Recap

Over 900 people joined us for the Homecoming Feast in Western Dining Commons on Friday, September 15th. With favorites like Bang Bang Shrimp and a Brownie Sundae Bar with various toppings, those 900 people didn’t leave hungry.

It was great to have the cheerleaders and Swoop in attendance as we built excitement for the big game on Saturday night.

 

For those in attendance, Miami Dining had prizes and giveaways for everyone that simply liked or followed us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @MiamiUDining. It’s an easy way to win yourself some Miami gear or a chance at gift cards to Starbucks.

Our next special dinner is Family Weekend dinner on October 7th. Mark it on your calendars and plan to go! We hope to see you there. For other special announcements and event information, follow us on social media!


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The Story of the PSL

The Pumpkin Spice Latte aka the PSL is a staple in many peoples lives. If leaves are on the ground and the weather is cooler, many people will have a warm PSL in their hand. It is the infamous drink of Fall and is a highlight of the final months of the year. But how did it become the phenomenon that it is today? That brings the story back to 2003.

Peter Dukes, director of espresso Americas for Starbucks, was the product manager who led the development of Pumpkin Spice Latte. It was created in the “Liquid Lab,” a secure research and development space in the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle. The lab was combination of a chef’s kitchen with industrial refrigerators, espresso equipment, and a diverse mix of potential ingredients and flavors.

With fall decorations and pumpkin pies surrounding the team, Peter began to explore ideas for a pumpkin-inspired espresso beverage. They would take a bite of pumpkin pie, then follow it with a sip of hot espresso. This would tell him, and the rest of the team, which flavors from the pie would best complement the coffee – pretty smart!

The Pumpkin Spice Latte was favored by the team and rolled out to a few test locations. After the test launch, Starbucks knew they had a massive success on their hands. The PSL was then put into production and now is a staple of fall. The abbreviation, “PSL”, was started by the baristas abbreviating the drink name on the cups while making it.

As of today, over 250 million Pumpkin Spice Lattes have been sold at Starbucks.

Grab a PSL at Starbucks at Maplestreet Station today while they are in season!


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Red Zone

Debuting this semester, Red Zone is the go-to spot for a fun atmosphere and unique twists on traditional arena style foods. Red Zone is meant to pay homage and promote the RedHawk sports culture. When you walk in the door you are standing on repurposed flooring from the Withrow basketball courts and quickly feel the tradition that is Miami University Athletics.

For starters, you can try popcorn in various flavors, loaded French fries, mozzarella sticks, and more!

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For a bigger meal, the menu includes loaded hotdogs, classic hot dogs, loaded grilled cheeses, and various burgers. Whether it be a hot dog with mozzarella sticks, a grilled cheese with BBQ pulled pork and Mac & cheese on top, or a loaded hot dog with avocado, you won’t be bored with your meal.

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While you enjoy some delicious food, you can watch one of the many TV’s, play foosball, or pool. Red Zone is a great place to hang out with friends to break up the typical day or routine schedule. Located in the new East Wing of the Armstrong Student Center! Stop by today!

Red Zone is open Monday – Friday (10:45am to 9:00pm) & Saturday – Sunday (11:00am to 9:00pm)


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Café Lux Serving a ‘Top 25’ Coffee

Established in Columbus, Ohio in 1991, Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea Roasters was recently ranked within the Top 25 Best Coffee Roasters in America and is served at Café Lux in the Armstrong Student Center. Miami is proud to be partnering with a passionate company who’s mission is founded on the ideas of L.Y.F.E. (Leave you Feeling Energized) and L.O.V.E. (Leave Others Very Energized) — two mottos we can get behind.

Crimson Cup roasts small batches of coffee by hand, in-house, at their Columbus, Ohio facility. They’re committed to making the link between the coffee bean grower and customer smaller by promoting the Friend2Farmer direct trade program. The F2F program honors the hard work of international farmers by providing economic sustainability, agriculture development, and food security for them. This builds an intentionality and deep purpose behind every cup of coffee served.

Café Lux is a new addition to campus this semester and gives students a relaxing European atmosphere during a coffee or pastry break. Check it out!


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